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A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Dojo In KK

Brazilian jiu-jitsu set to grapple Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: The self-defence arena in Sabah is set for a taste of Brazil as the Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is making an appearance.

Only less than five months since its first dojo was opened at Damai Plaza, the sport is fast gaining popularity amongst martial arts enthusiasts.

BJJ is a combat sport that emphasises on grappling and ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position and using joint-locks and chokeholds to force an opponent to submit.

“It provides the skills for a smaller and weaker person to subdue an assailant twice his or her size,” says Allen Solomon Chong, a BJJ blue belt holder who is the instructor at the Damai centre.

BJJ was started in the early 20th century when a Japanese judoka expert, Mitsuyo Maeda went to Brazil where he met an influential businessman by the name of Gastao Gracie who helped him develop the sport.

BJJ rose to international prominence in the martial arts community in the 1990s, when the sport’s expert Royce Gracie, a member of the Gracie family, won the first, second and fourth Ultimate Fighting Challenge (UFC), which at the time was a single elimination martial arts tournament. Royce fought against often much-larger opponents who were practising other styles, including boxing, karate, judo, taekwondo and wrestling. It has since become a staple art for many Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters and is largely credited for bringing widespread attention to the importance of ground fighting.

The sport is now being popularised in Sabah by Allen who was coached by John Will, the legendary Machado BJJ black belter while studying in Australia.

“I love BJJ as a sport for it helps me understand more about my body, keep myself fit and healthy and also importantly, boost self confidence and discipline. What I’ve gained from it I now would like to share with as many people in the state,” says the 25-year-old architect who has also dabbled into taekwondo, karate, fencing and muay thai.

The centre, that holds evening classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, has more than 20 students now, most of who come from various other schools of martial arts. Four of them are women.

“I like the moves. Of course like any other martial art, BJJ gives me the techniques to defend myself. So I encourage girls to join us,” says Pamela Pauline Sukakim, 26.

As for Angela Tiffany Bartholomew, learning how to subdue an assailant larger in size than her was the reason she decided to take up the sport.

“I was instantly interested in the sport because I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s so simple yet powerful,” says another trainee, Jeffery Alasa, who has learnt taekwondo for many years.

“We are a training gym that encourages cross training between multiple disciplines. Ground fighting is a facet of fight science that should not be neglected. We believe we can contribute to enrich the fight vocabulary of other arts such as taekwondo and muay thai hence creating a more complete competition,” says Allen.

With its interesting concept, BJJ is expected to spread its wings across the state and Allen is already preparing all the paperwork to get it established.

For further information about the sport please call Allen at 0128028679, Charles Kok (0138635150) or Jeffery Alasa (0138655581).

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